For discussion

June 20, 2012 | Feature | Number 13

1. How does your congregation go about making important decisions? Do you use discernment language? How do you listen for the voice of God when you are wrestling with an issue? Who takes leadership in discernment? What is the relationship between discernment and decision-making?

2. Dave Rogalsky refers to the discernment process described in Acts 15: 1-35. How important were the stories of Paul and Barnabas in the process? Why do you think the apostles and elders followed James’s advice? Was it a compromise? What are the important lessons we should learn from the Jerusalem Council (Acts 15)?

3. How important is it to have a variety of voices in discerning a correct course of action? How important are patience, listening, and a sense of mutuality and fellowship in the discernment process? What are some other characteristics that can benefit discernment?

4. Under what conditions is it possible to agree to disagree? What are the challenges to mutuality and fellowship when there are deep differences in a church? How can discernment help us to be unified in spite of diversity?

5. What issues need discernment in the church today? What do you think might be the issues of tomorrow?

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